University of Maine System

ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine System is expanding a program that allows high school students to take classes for college credit.

Enrollment across the University of Maine System is up this fall, and officials say it's driven by a new financial aid program and a boost in high schoolers taking college classes.

ORONO, Maine - Officials say enrollment in the University of Maine system has increased following a small decline last fall.

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Students enrolled in programs at the University of Maine System’s seven campuses will face an average financial increase of 2.3 percent next fall to cover the costs of tuition, fees and room and board.

The increases are tied to the annual rate of inflation, and nearly half of the fees will fund a 9.5 percent increase in student aid during the 2018-2019 academic year.

UMS board member and Republican gubernatorial candidate Shawn Moody voted against the increase, saying it was overly burdensome on students and their families.

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees is still working on refining its policy on political activity by employees.

The recently unveiled draft policy has drawn criticism from faculty and others because of fears they'd be prohibited from expressing their views and engaging in the political process.

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Beginning next year, first-year Maine students who qualify for federal Pell grants can attend the University of Maine at Presque Isle, Fort Kent, Augusta and Machias without being on the hook for tuition or student fees.

University of Maine Presque Isle President Raymond Rice says his school, and others in the UMaine System, are already doing a lot to reduce student debt, but it's still significantly higher then they'd like.

AUGUSTA, Maine - University of Maine System officials say students will likely see an increase in tuition and fees this fall.
 
The Portland Press Herald reports that officials said Sunday the additional tuition, fees and room and board costs will result in an overall increase of 2.9 percent. The increase would come after a six-year tuition freeze.
 
Officials say they intend to increase tuition annually, tied to the rate of inflation.
 

UMaine System to Seek Increase in State Funding

Sep 20, 2016

BANGOR, Maine -  The University of Maine System's Board of Trustees plans to ask lawmakers for a 12 percent increase in state funding over the current budget cycle.  

Dan Demeritt, communications director for the UMaine System, said the trustees decided to seek the increase over a three-year period, during their board meeting Monday in Fort Kent, to address a variety of funding needs.

Recommendations for implementing a new unified budget system for all of the campuses of the University of Maine were presented Monday to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees.

The proposal places an emphasis on collaboration among the campuses to reduce costs by creating a systemwide budget to replace the system in which each campus proposed its own budget to the trustees.

Board Chairman Sam Collins said the so-called One University initiative is predicated on collaboration among the seven campuses.

Budget gaps throughout the seven campuses of the University of Maine System have been common-place for years and were once projected to reach nearly $90 million dollars. But a series of cost-cutting measures are paying off for the university system which is pursuing additional restructuring under its One University Initiative. Trustees say the program will eliminate redundancies, but some faculty members say it's degrading the students' educational experience.

AUGUSTA, Maine -The University of Maine System's board of trustees has decided to extend a tuition freeze at public universities in the state through the 2016-17 academic year.

Next year will be the sixth in a row in which tuition is frozen. Tuition and fees at the system's flagship campus in Orono are about $10,606 per year for in-state students. Trustees had been considering the possibility of a tuition increase this year.

Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, says he supports the tuition freeze. He says the vote means students will graduate with less debt.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The University of Maine System has cut its $90 million projected budget deficit for fiscal year 2020 nearly in half.

BANGOR, Maine — Maine-grown potatoes, carrots, blueberries and other produce will have more frequent appearances on University of Maine cafeteria plates if advocates for sustainable food have their way.

UMaine System Reports $16 Million Operating Loss

Jul 20, 2015

BANGOR, Maine - University of Maine System trustees got an update today on an ambitious, long-term plan to integrate, merge and phase out some academic programs across the system's seven campuses.

Hundreds of students across the University of Maine system have degrees in hand. 

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